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Horse milk has long been a popular gourmet food with a uniquely delicious flavor and subtle nuances found in no ordinary dairy product.  Horse milk has fruity undertones, a smooth finish and is now joining truffles and Beluga caviar as one of the most coveted treats on the world.  Let’s take a closer look and see why horse milk is taking the gourmet scene by storm.

Horse Milk - A rare and precious commodity

Far higher in nutrients than cow milk, horse milk has log been a gourmet delicacy.  Now achieving popularity in fine restaurants, Arabian horse dairy products have become very popular.  According to the Draft Horse Journal:

  The first reason for drinking horse milk is, of course, not cosmetic but medical, especially for metabolical, gastrointestinal and liver problems, but also for recovering after surgery and severe illness, cholesterol problems, allergy to cows’ milk, stress, skin problems, stiff joints or just to keep fit and well.

Horse milk strengthens the body, boosts the immune system and increases a person’s energy and vitality. In the case of metabolic disorders, it stimulates internal cleansing.

Scientific studies prove that horse milk is far more nutritious than cat or dog milk:

Species

% DM

% fat

% protein

% sugar

% ash

cat

-

10.8

10.6

3.7

1.0

pig

20.1

8.3

5.6

5.0

0.9

cow

12.4

3.7

3.2

4.6

0.7

dog

22.7

9.5

7.5

3.8

1.1

horse

12.4

4.1

0.8

6.8

0.2

This article shows the huge benefit of horse milk: "Furthermore, horse milk contains just 44 calories per 100 grams (or 3.5273 oz.), compared to 64 for cows’ and 70 for human. Additionally, lactose (milk sugar) is higher in horse milk than in cow and human milk, as is albumin, the latter of which is very beneficial for improving digestibility."

Best of all, taste test show that consumers clearly prefer horse milk to dog and cat milk, and we know that consumers are tiring of ordinary bovine lactation.  Clearly, horse milk is no flash in the pan.

As a gourmet food, horse milk is very expensive but worth the extra cost.

 

 Unlike cows, horses have only two teats and a 1,400 lb. mare will produce less than a quart of the precious liquid each day.  Of course, there is a direct correlation between teats and prices. 

Know your teats

In the dairy industry it has long been observed that there is a correlation between the number of mammary glands and profitability, the less the teats, the higher the revenue.  As we see, the horse takes the lead:

     Breed     Number of teats
     horses    2 teats
     cows      4 teats
     cats      8 teats
     dogs      10 teats
     pigs      12-14 teats

Milk from champion Arabian horses only adds to the mystique of horse milk. 

The adrenaline rush from milking a high-strung Arabian mare is like nothing else, and milking any horse can be very dangerous.  Unlike cows, mares have the placement of their teats centered directly between their powerful rear legs.

To illustrate, if women were built like horses, they would look something like this:

But despite the danger and low output, horse milk is well worth the effort.

Delicious and Appealing - Ask for Horse Milk by name

The horse milk craze can be traced to Europe when an ancient tradition was resurrected in the south of France.   Infinitely varied, the complex flavors of horse milk are heavily influenced by breed, including Arabian horse milk, the popular draft-horse milk of Europe (used for making cheese), and the latest newcomer, miniature pony milk products.

Horse milk is indescribably creamy and rich, and has a slight yellow color from the rich butterfat.  Far more nutritious than dog or pig, milk, horse milk has a great almost unlimited income potential.  You only have to look at a cow and a horse to see the appeal of horse milk.  Which would you rather drink from?

 

Arabian horse dairy products have tremendous potential in all areas of fine cuisine, leveraging on its unique flavors and creamy texture.

The History of non-bovine milk products

Restaurateurs and connoisseurs know the value in non-cow dairy products.  For centuries, dairy products from goats and other small mammals has been highly-prized.  For example Roquefort salad dressing tastes exactly the same as blue cheese salad dressing, but it costs 5x as much, largely because of "snob-appeal", and the scarcity of people willing to milk tiny goats all day.

In the 1990's a craze for cat milk took the culinary community by-storm, showing the gastronomic merits of cat milk, especially in France and Germany.

Gastronomes praised the robust "predatory" flavor of cat milk, although many reported a slightly "gamey" flavor, like the prized Yak milk that is preferred for soufflés in the world finest restaurants. 

Since that time, we saw a large number of cat dairy product prototypes including the ill-fated "Pussy Whip" and "I can't believe it's Cat Butter".

The cat milk craze left us wondering "what's next"?

 

Horse Dairy Treats

 Horse dairy products are in high-demand by top chefs for a variety of culinary delights.  The market for Arabian horse milk is now limited, but there is a growing market of high-end consumers who will pay a premium for horse milk products from Arabian and Mustang horses.

Answering the skeptics

Many investors say that they love horse milk but they are unsure that the market potential for a product that sells for a 20x premium over cow milk.  To see the potential we need only look at the latest trends in the haute cuisine market:

  • Snail Caviar - The shortage of mature sturgeon has led to alternative caviars such as snail eggs and other sources of slimly, raw eggs, squeezed right from the slug.  Dollar for dollar, snail caviar tastes exactly like it sounds, and French people everywhere demand it.
     

  • Truffles - Selling for double the price of gold, these nasty pungent fungi smell like dirty socks, yet they are in high demand largely because of their scarcity, not their innate flavor.  If truffles were plentiful, people would burn them to stop the stink.

Burleson Arabians will be milking our mares this year and we hope to create a new, exciting line of high-end Arabian horse dairy products.

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